Trump urges inquiry into anonymous New York Times editorial

Trump urges inquiry into anonymous New York Times editorial

Reporters travelling with the president to Montana and the Dakotas asked him whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should look into what senior Trump administration official, as the Times described the author, penned the piece.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions "should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it's national security". "We're looking at it very strongly from a legal standpoint", he said.

"Supposing I have a high-level national security, and he has got a clearance - we talked about clearances a lot recently - and he goes into a high-level meeting concerning China or Russian Federation or North Korea or something", Trump said.

The speech constituted Obama's harshest, most direct rebuke of Trump and his administration since he departed the White House.

The Department of Justice said in response: "The department does not confirm, deny or otherwise acknowledge the existence or non-existence of investigations". "They're not doing us a favor by actively promoting 90% of the insane stuff coming out of this White House and saying, 'Don't worry, we're preventing the other 10%'".

CNN is not aware of the identity of the individuals White House aides have zeroed in on.

"For the sake of our national security, the New York Times should publish his name at once".

Trump, during a gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One on his way to Fargo, North Dakota, said that the idea has been suggested to him as a way to find out who penned the almost 1,000-word piece that claimed some administration officials are actively working as a "resistance" against his impulsive decisions and have questioned his mental fitness behind the scenes.

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By email, by tweet and on camera, the denials paraded in Thursday from Cabinet-level officials - and even Vice President Mike Pence - apparently crafted for an audience of one, seated in the Oval Office. "My anonymous colleague should have, too".

While the president called the author "gutless" and "coward". An enraged Trump then urged the Justice Department to sniff out the author. "They are the only ones complicit in this deceitful act".

Trump also said Friday that he was still open to answering questions from special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"I think it is national security".

In an interview with North Dakota television station KVLY on Friday, Trump was asked if he had an idea as to who wrote the piece.

In an internal email on Friday, the Times told employees that the company would be modifying security measures due to the backlash from the op-ed.

"Eventually we will find the person..."

The Times had earlier said: "We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers".

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